Santa Cruz Island pier final concept approved 

The pier at east Santa Cruz Island’s Scorpion Rock is one step closer to being replaced after the National Park Service announced that an environmental impact report has been completed.

The original pier fell into disrepair after high tides damaged the structure, leaving the NPS with three options: Do nothing, replace the existing pier or build a new pier 300 feet to the south of the existing location. The service chose to build a wider and longer pier to the south of the current location, and expects construction to begin in 2019.

“This is a great day for visitors to Channel Islands National Park, as this significant step in the planning process makes way for a major improvement to critical park infrastructure,” said Channel Islands National Park Acting Superintendent Ethan McKinley. “The new pier at Scorpion Anchorage will be the access point for most visitors to the park for years to come.”

Opportunities for retirees in Moorpark

Retired people who may find themselves yearning for a gig have a new program to turn to in Moorpark with the launch of Unretire Yourself, a national effort to give retirees the tools they need to reenter the workforce.

“A lot of people retire and realize retirement is not the answer for them, they might want to work for more money, fulfillment, those type of things,” said Laurie Reid, owner of Home Instead Senior Care.

“The program there to get the word out that there is work available.”

Reid says that retirees can take a career assessment online to decide if they should return to work. One option, for instance, is to become a senior caregiver.

“We love older workers to take on the role of caregivers,” said Reid.

For more information and to take a career assessment, learn of local opportunities and more, visit www.unretireyourself.com.

Ventura County Transit gives free lift to college students

Students: Ditch the hiking boots and hop on a bus for free, care of Ventura County Transit operators who are joining together for the endeavor.

Students of California Lutheran University; California State University, Channel Islands; Moorpark College; Oxnard College and Ventura College need only show an ID to hop aboard any Ventura County Transportation Commission bus and ride anywhere in the county.

“The College Ride Pilot Program will help introduce transit to college students who may not otherwise have used it before,” said Darren Kettle, Executive Director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). “This program has the potential to create new, lifelong transit users and help boost transit ridership in Ventura County.”

A grant from the state of California’s Low Carbon Transit Operations Program gave the VCTC funding for the project.

“Free bus passes will help many college students have an easier time accessing higher education and even work and other services across the county,” said Ventura County Community College District Chancellor Dr. Greg Gillespie.

Students can take advantage of the program for the entirety of the 2018-19 school year. For more information, visit www.govcbus.com.

Ventura Mayor’s Arts Awards nominations

The arts awards highlight the contributions that the arts provide to the cultural community and also recognize artistic achievement. Nominations can be made in seven categories; arts patron, artist in the community, creative entrepreneur, arts leader, arts educator, emerging artist and student artist and are open to the public. The deadline to submit is Thursday, Sept. 6, at 5 pm. Nomination forms are available at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/225/Mayors-Arts-Awards or by contacting Kathryn Dippong Lawson at kdippong@cityofventura.ca.gov or 805-658-4726.